Absolute Surrender by Jenn Leblanc Publication date: April 8, 2014 |Goodreads | Amazon
About the book: Happiness was always too much for Lady Amelia to hope for. Now all she expects is to secure her future and marry Charles, Duke of Castleberry, as arranged. But Amelia has a dangerous secret that could not only destroy her in Charles's eyes and the eyes of society, but could also very well condemn her to Bedlam. Baron Endsleigh, Amelia’s oldest friend, has other ideas. Ender has loved Amelia all his life. He knows her secrets, and they don’t frighten him. He plans to come between Amelia and Charles in any way he can to prevent the marriage and finally claim Amelia for his own. Though her father forbade the match years ago, Ender is determined to have her as his wife and nothing can stop him. Not even a duke as powerful as Castleberry.
That duke has hated Baron Endsleigh and wanted Amelia for, what seems to him, forever. Charles will stop at nothing to make her his, and his alone, even if that means destroying the one thing he knows she loves most in this world—Endsleigh. Will Amelia be able to choose when one man speaks to her head and the other her heart? None of them will find happiness until they all three learn to embrace absolute surrender. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
This is my first book by Jenn LeBlanc, and I was taken as much by the interesting characterizations as the beautifully illustrated images. This is a longer historical romance than most, and with good reason. Lady Amelia is very unconventional, not in the sense of reckless behavior per se, but in that she has a certain problem (the nature of which soon becomes apparent) which forms the basis of her relationship with Hugh (Baron Endsleigh) and Charles. One is her light, and one is her darkness, yet they are both needed to Amelia as plants do water. So, what you have is a rather unique relationship amongst the trio in what is not normally accepted in Regency times, and dare I say it, modern times. This is not a spoiler, but it is rather apparent judging from the cover itself. How the characters deal with the dynamics of their shifting relationship is the essence that flows through this story, prompting Amelia to sacrifice one for her future happiness. Yet, what is to say that Hugh and Charles won't sacrifice themselves for her, or that ultimately, they realize there is no need for sacrifice? I'll leave you to find out how this interesting story ends. And bear in mind, it is an erotica, though it has good depths as well.